Heroes And Villains

 

Heroes And Villains

 

 

I was a huge fan of the series Heroes before it went to hell in a hand basket during the writers’ strike that made the best television had to offer unwatchable back in ‘09/’10.  After a calamitous final season the show was cancelled, but now they’re bringing it back as Heroes Reborn *eye roll* (without my favorite characters – I mean really, what’s the point without Peter Petrelli or Sylar?  Exactly).  Overcome with nostalgia (can you be nostalgic over something so recent?  I say yes), I decided to binge watch the series again (long live Netflix).

As I was working on a piece for my next series of photos and listening to Heroes in the background a voice-over/monologue by Mohinder caught my attention.  He was eloquently laying out almost precisely what a dear friend of mine had expressed in a recent magazine interview about his work…how the devil dwells in all of us.  There are no exceptions, merely our decision of whether or not we acknowledge it.

My friend’s words had struck a cord with me when I read them and now, this reiteration from a soon to be rebooted TV series was doing the same:

 
 

HEROES AND VILLAINS

Heroes And Villains


 
 

“Good and bad.  Right and wrong.  Heroes and villains.  And if we’re blessed with wisdom then there are glimpses between the cracks of each where light streams through.  We wait in silence for these times when sense can be made; when meaningless existence comes into focus and our purpose presents itself.  And if we have the strength to be honest then what we find there, staring back at us, is our own reflection bearing witness to the duality of life.  And each one of us is capable of both the dark and the light; of good and evil; of either; of or.  And destiny, while marching ever in our direction, can be rerouted by the choices we make; by the love we hold on to; the promises we keep.”

– Mohinder Suresh, Heroes

 
 

“…EACH ONE OF US IS CAPABLE OF BOTH THE DARK AND THE LIGHT…AND DESTINY CAN BE REROUTED…BY THE LOVE WE HOLD ON TO…”

Heroes And Villains


 
 

I just f*cking love that.  I love it.  I love it because it’s true.  It’s what I try to explain with my tarot readings – very few things in life are set in stone.  You can rewrite your future every second of every day with the choices you make – choices that have the ability to sour the heart and fill it with darkness and cynicism or ones that fill it with love and hope.

And while most of the time we all exist in the grey areas in between – being selfish or altruistic, being kind or cruel, being loving or cold, choosing our happiness or sacrificing it to sadness (or even worse, apathy and resignation that “this is just how things have to be”) – there are important moments, pivotal moments which may seem so small at the time, but if we look closely and make the decision with our hearts we can change our lives, our future and the future of others for the better and all “…by the love we hold on to…”

So move forward today by choosing love.  Don’t let apathy and resignation determine the rest of your life.

 

CHOOSE LOVE.
CHOOSE HAPPINESS.
REROUTE YOUR DESTINY.

 
 

Loving Kisses & Kindness in Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

HEROES AND VILLAINS – THE BEACH BOYS

 
 

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A Blue Moon, Time And Strawberry Soup

A Blue Moon, Time And Strawberry Soup

 
 

Holy crap.  It’s been an eternity since we’ve had an end of the month Postscript so I figure we are looooooong overdue, don’t you?  New to Kisses & Chaos and have no clue what Postscript is?  Well it’s essentially a list of all the various badass bits and bobs that I’ve encountered around this here interweb over the course of the past month and it ranges from the weird to the wonderful.

So if you’re bored at work and itching to take some quick breaks from the tedium (not that I would ever encourage that – oh my, heaven’s no.  I would never ever suggest such a thing, just like I would never dream of streaming Netflix on my phone (that had a kickstand *grin*) while wearing my headphones back when I had a desk job that consisted of doing 9 hours of mindless data entry in DOS (yes DOS…and this was just a few years ago…yeah…exactly).  I would never dream of suggesting you do anything other than be productive.  *eye roll*  – erm – I mean *ahem*) then this list is a perfect way to get a quick fix…on your breaks, of course.  *wink*

So without any more long-winded explanation (like you guys aren’t used to those by now…hahahaha…yeah right) I proudly present the July edition of Postscript:

 
 

A BLUE MOON, TIME AND STRAWBERRY SOUP

A Blue Moon, Time And Strawberry Soup


 
 

*  Tonight is the last blue moon until 2018 (what?!?!) and not only is it unprecedented in all of astrological history, it’s supposed to potentially be a mega-super-ultra-uber life changing one at that.  So if you plan your manifesting and meditations around the moon phases I strongly suggest you read this so you are fully aware of what is in play and what is at stake with tonight’s full moon.

(FYI – for those of you who don’t know, a blue moon is when there are two full moons in one month and I don’t think there’s ever been a year in my life that hasn’t had at least one blue moon so for there to be NONE for all of 2016 and 2017 is just bananas…but then if this one is as powerful as they’re claiming then it’s probably a good thing.)

 

*  And while we’re on the subject of the moon, A Beautiful Mess has a great tutorial on how to make your own clay moon phases garland.

 

*  And while we’re visiting A Beautiful Mess, check out their recipe for chilled strawberry basil soup.  My grandmother used to make this for me (sans the basil) and I loved it.  The perfect soup for a hot summer day.

 
 

A Blue Moon, Time And Strawberry Soup


 
 

My heart breaks for this bride, but this is a perfect example of misplaced anger.  This was basic user error, plain and simple.  The lesson here?  Learn how to use the settings on your camera (yes, even a little point and shoot) before you use it – especially if you’re taking photos of something important.  Sad that she’ll never have those memories documented, but it could have easily been avoided with a little (and I mean a little) effort.

 

*  I’ve long suspected time was a bunch of bullsh*t, but it turns out I might not be crazy…I may be right…time may not actually exist, which would explain soooooo much.

 

*  I wish there were more studies into life after death and the near death experience.  This study is a great step in the right direction.  Science doesn’t understand death any more than it understands birth (They don’t have a clue about what triggers a baby to say “alright…it’s time for me to get the hell out of here…let’s get this party started”). Since birth and death are the only things every person on earth has in common it deserves solid, earnest investigation, don’t you think?

 

*  One of my favorite blogger babes, Sarah (formerly of The Laughing Medusa) has moved and is now rocking it over at SarahStarrs.com.  And this month she is teaching you how to write affirmations that really work (I know I need help with this.  Mine can get rather wordy.  What?  Me?  Noooo…) along with a free workbook (and her new site is amazeballs to boot).

 

*  Feeling creatively flat lately?  I know I have, as I told you a few weeks ago.  Katie over at Skunkboy has 15 prompts to help kick start your creativity.  Sure these are for photography but there’s no reason it can’t be applied to any medium.  So get out your art supplies and get ready to play.

 
 

HAIL TO THE KING, BABY.

A Blue Moon, Time And Strawberry Soup


 
 

*  And finally, what every single Bruce Campbell fan has been asking since Army of Darkness ended its run in the theaters back in 1992 (shit I feel old now):  will there ever be another Evil Dead movie?  (Seriously, at every event I’ve been to where Bruce has had a Q&A this question gets asked Every. Single. Time.  And I don’t blame them.)  Sure we have the Starz mini-series Ash Vs. Evil Dead which comes to small screens in October, but today my beloved Bruce has joked/revealed that the series could very well lead to…MORE EVIL DEAD MOVIES!!!  WOOOOOOOOT!…or at the very least a second season for the series.  Today is officially perfect.  As though the magical blue moon wasn’t enough, we get to top it off with this glorious and gory blood soaked cherry.  F*ck. Yes.

That’s all for now, ladies and gents. See you in August! (And if this blue moon does turn out to be as crazy as the omnipresent “they” are saying then we should all have some interesting stories to share within a few weeks. And yes, I expect you to share. *wink*)

 
 

Blue Moon Kisses & Love-Filled Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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The Best of Bob Hope

 

 

Yesterday marked the twelfth anniversary of my beloved Bob Hope’s death, which is a day of mourning and celebration in my home.  No joke.  When I was a massage therapist I didn’t book clients on July 27.  Nope.

Whenever possible the day consists of a Bob Hope movie marathon as I laugh my ass off and then, inevitably, cry because I still feel the sting of the profound loss to this day.  We lost not only an intelligent and highly gifted comedian, but a humanitarian and possibly one of our greatest patriots…and he was born English (go figure).

So this year, in celebration of my first and lifelong crush’s comedic genius, beautiful spirit and long life (he was 100 years old when he died) I give you some of his best quips and quotes with…

 
 

THE BEST OF BOB HOPE:  MASTER OF VAUDEVILLE

The Best of Bob Hope


 
 

“I’ve always been in the right place and time. Of course, I steered myself there.”

“When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness”

“You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.”

 
 

The Best of Bob Hope


 
 

“I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything till noon. That’s when it’s time for my nap.”

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.”

 
 

The Best of Bob Hope


 
 

“I do benefits for all religions – I’d hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.”

“Middle age is when you still believe you’ll feel better in the morning.”

“My father told me all about the birds and the bees, the liar – I went steady with a woodpecker till I was twenty-one.”

 
 

The Best of Bob Hope


 
 

“I’ll tell ‘ya how to stay young: Hang around with older people.”

“She said she was approaching forty, and I couldn’t help wondering from what direction.”

“Don’t tempt me, I can resist anything but temptation.”

 
 

The Best of Bob Hope


 
 

Of audiences: “They were really tough – they used to tie their tomatoes on the end of a yo-yo, so they could hit you twice”

“I left England when I was four because I found out I could never be King.”

“Kids are wonderful, but I like mine barbecued.”

 
 

The Best of Bob Hope


 
 

“Your ignorance cramps my conversation.”

“People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.”

(When asked where he wanted to be buried) “Surprise me.”

 
 

The Best of Bob Hope


 
 

I love you, Bob – forever and always.  Thank you for all the laughter and joy you have given me (and countless others) since I was a tiny two year old.  You have been a comfort and, unbeknownst to you, the dearest of friends.  (I doubt you remember but my grandfather was your driver and right hand man while you were on a USO tour in Korea.  Could you tell him I send my love and a martini?  If you have trouble finding him, he’s probably floating in a pool, slathered in baby oil, drinking a bottomless martini and listening to the Rat Pack.)

 
 

The Best of Bob Hope


 
 

I hope wherever you are now the golf courses are always green, you always stay out of the rough and you’re keeping everyone laughing.  You are greatly missed and never forgotten.  Thanks for the memories.

 
 

 
 

Slapstick Kisses & Vaudevillian Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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POEM RESCUED FROM THE TRASH

 
 

As most of you know, I’m an artist at Fayetteville Underground.  This means I’m in and out of the gallery throughout the month and without fail, virtually every single time I’m there I find some odd, random thing that someone has left behind.

A couple of weeks ago I came across this poem that someone had jotted down and left sitting in a pile of papers to be recycled.  I decided to liberate it from its impending death and eventual reincarnation as a few sheets of toilet paper.

I now present to you the first (and possibly last – we’ll just have to wait and see, so one of my silly logos pending) edition of PROJECT FOUND (translation provided below the image in case you have a hard time making it out):

 
 

PROJECT FOUND:  POEM RESCUED FROM THE TRASH

POEM RESCUED FROM THE TRASH

 

 

Get rich
new at this
money is religion
Liquor store
abstract
inches
representation
Pornography works
we buy symbols
we don’t buy
Lexus commercial
more complicate
chicken
swim fins
or seven deadly sins
overdoing it
Just because we
can
atomic bombs
no note
slack
listen to each
other

– Anonymous

 
 

Lost Kisses & Found Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

 

WHY YOU SHOULD ENCOURAGE YOUR ARTISTIC CHILD:

THE PAINTINGS OF HITLER

 

 

Why You Should Encourage Your Artistic Child

 

 

Why You Should Encourage Your Artistic Child

 

 

Why You Should Encourage Your Artistic Child

 

 

Why You Should Encourage Your Artistic Child

 

 

Why You Should Encourage Your Artistic Child

 

 

Why You Should Encourage Your Artistic Child

 

 

Give Your Kids Kisses & Prevent Genocidal Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGES  ::  ALL IMAGES BY HITLER.  YES.  THAT HITLER.  CRAZY, RIGHT?  IMAGINE HOW DIFFERENT THE WORLD WOULD BE IF HE HAD BEEN A PAINTER INSTEAD OF A COMPLETE F*CKING LUNATIC.  ::

 

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